With the rejection of the sequel to the Human Centipede by the BBFC (British Film Classification Council) due to the high rate of sexual violence and apparently obscene material featured in the film, it makes me wonder why they deem some material morally abhorrent and others sail through without a problem. While I agree that it doesn’t sound like wholesome family viewing, the blurb for the aforementioned film is no worse than its predecessor, and pales in comparison to some of the stuff I’ve sat through in my 28 years.
For instance, A Serbian Film, one of the most controversial and sickening films made to date is freely available in the UK, despite the fact it takes sexual perversion to the nth point and beyond. The only thing that would be more uncomfortable is if the thankfully obvious dummies used in some of the rape scenes were live, but that would be illegal, making me thankful for small mercies.
Incest, bestiality, sodomy, paedophilia and any other kind of uncomfortable viewing you can imagine occurs throughout the running time. Apparently this is ‘extreme torture porn’ but honestly the film feels like nothing more than the product of a bunch of college stoners trying to sew together the semblance of a film out of the most shocking concepts they could think of.
Yes art is sometimes shocking, and provocation of a reaction is the sign that your message, however spurious it may be, is being conveyed, but whatever message A Serbian Film tries to communicate is completely lost on me.
It’s nothing more than a series of grotesque acts, which follow no particular direction, other than the path into further depravity. If you think you still want to watch this film, then maybe the fact that it features the phrase ‘Newborn Porn’ will be enough to deter you. I know that warning people not to watch something is the equivalent of an overhyped, media frenzy of a Pandora’s Box (and the BBFC should do well to remember that when they are wielding their measly power over the next film that rolls through their reels), so there will be some individuals who will use their right of personal choice to watch it, and who will live to regret that decision – mostly because of the content, but also because A Serbian Film is just not very good.
I don’t recommend that anyone watch it, no matter how cynical and hard faced you perceive yourself to be, but feel free to ignore me and make your own choices – just don’t say I didn’t warn you.